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Bilingualism and Bilingual Education

Conceptos Fundamentales

Edited By David Schwarzer, Mary Petrón and Clarena Larrotta

Bilingualism and Bilingual Education: Conceptos Fundamentales explores relevant concepts of bilingualism for pre-service Spanish/English bilingual teachers in the United States. This volume is reader friendly while presenting complex theoretical content. It is the first of its kind to seamlessly switch between English and Spanish languages for academic purposes. This book fills a gap in the academic literature related to translanguaging as a modern and global phenomenon. The authors invite bilingual educators to develop translingual classrooms with bilingual students in which academic English and Spanish are intentionally mixed. Volume contributors center their discussions on theory, practice, and action as they reflect on their own bilingual journeys. Features such as glossary terms, discussion questions, and intentional reflection on each author’s bilingual journey make it innovative and a must read in all bilingual teacher preparation programs in the nation.

David Schwarzer is a Full Professor at Montclair State University. His research centers on literacy development in transnational and multilingual learning communities. He is a leading scholar in the theorical and practical distinctions between bilingual/multilingual/translingual education and its impact on monolingual teachers.

Mary Petrón is a Full Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests include bilingual/ESL teacher education, U.S.-Mexico transnationalism, and decolonizing language education. Her recent work has focused on educating teachers about working with children who are undocumented and/or from mixed status families.

Clarena Larrotta is a Full Professor in the Adult, Professional, and Community Education programs at Texas State University. Utilizing engaged scholarship and Freirean/participatory approaches, her research interests focus on best teaching practices and action research related to adult literacy, family literacy, and language-culture teaching/learning.